Land & Environment

Ask an Expert — August Yard and Garden Checklist

By JayDee Gunnell |

The heat is on, and yards and gardens are trying to survive the high temperatures and drought conditions. Consider these tips from the USU Extension Gardeners Almanac to help your garden succeed. Also included are links for further information.

  • Plant cover crops to provide “green manure” to the garden.
  • Collect and store seeds from your garden.
  • Learn about how and when to harvest watermelon and cantaloupe.
  • Harvest potatoes as soon as tubers begin forming.
  • Harvest garlic and onions once the tops have dried down. Allow them to cure (dry) for 2-3 weeks before storing.
  • Store potatoes, garlic and onions in a cool/dry location (32-40°F) away from apples.
  • Plant trees and shrubs as the weather becomes cooler.
  • Go hiking in the hills to enjoy autumn colors.
  • Divide crowded, spring-blooming perennials.
  • Consider composting fall leaves.
  • Check pears for ripeness once the fruit twists off the tree easily and seeds are dark colored, and allow them to finish ripening off the tree.
  • Apply a slow-release lawn fertilizer early in September to provide long-lasting results throughout the fall months.
  • Remember that as temperatures cool, turfgrass requires minimal irrigation each week. See irrigation needs in your area.
  • Plant new lawns or repair insect/diseased areas with grass seed, allowing 4-6 weeks for establishment before heavy frosts.
  • Aerate compacted sites with a hollow core aerator when turfgrass is actively growing (September-October).

Pests and Problems:

Consider taking an online gardening course. Courses cover topics such as container vegetable gardening, creating the perfect soil, planting trees, and controlling pests. Courses are geared to both beginning and professional gardeners. Use the code “GARDEN5” at checkout to get $5 off.

Explore more gardening tips on Extension’s yard and garden website. For drought information and tips, click here.

WRITER

JayDee Gunnell
Horticulturist
Utah State University Extension
435-752-6263
jaydee.gunnell@usu.edu

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